Review: Toontrack Hip Hop EZX

You can now bring Hip Hop grooves into your EXDrummer 2 workflow with the latest expansion pack from Toontrack. Toby Pitman puts it to the test.  

So it looks like EZdrummer 2 is starting to show its full potential and has quickly started to replace its big brother Superior in my usual everyday workflow. It has added a whole bunch of new features that really make it a customizable and fun bit of kit.

The newest release in the EZX line for EZDrummer 2 is Hip-Hop! and really is one of the best creative libraries yet from Toontrack. It's produced by Mattias Eklund and Alexander Juneblad and brings 22 full production kits and a whole mess of useful acoustic and electronic percussion to the party.

The Kits

The 22 supplied kits cover a wide range of Hip Hop styles with the main nuts and bolts of each kit built squarely around a more acoustic feel with a load of electronic and percussion elements bolted on.

All the sound elements are really well designed and mixed and are ready to go out the box. While many sounds are re-purposed from other Toontrack libraries (much like the Pop! EZX) there's a real best of both worlds collection here and will suit a lot of styles other than just Hip Hop. 

There's some real gold here in the kick and snare department from fat live kicks to some really, really nice cranky old dry snares (think that West Coast Dre sound). You'll find the main 'Snare' comes with a center and sidestick articulation while the main Hat sound comes with a full palette of articulations. You can now see the information on these by clicking the

For the past 20 years Toby has worked as a professional guitarist, programmer and producer. Clients include Sir Paul McCartney, George Michael, Shirley Bassey, Yusuf Islam, Giles Martin as well as the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He has also worked extensively in TV, Advertising and Film. As well as composing himself he has also ... Read More

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